Growth Challenge Lures Health Veteran
When a job gets comfortable, Kshitij Mohan says he starts to feel uncomfortable and searches for new challenges.
That is a big reason why Mohan is moving from Washington, D.C. to become president and chief executive of International Remote Imaging Systems Inc.
The Chatsworth-based company makes automated urinalysis equipment and has achieved profitability over the past three years but not by much. And it's about to introduce a line of products intended to boost sales, always a tricky proposition.
"I pride myself on getting growth going," said Mohan, 57, who arrives with a list of private and public sector credentials.
Mohan most recently was a health industry consultant for King and Spalding, a Washington-based law firm, but back in the 1980s he served in two government health care jobs.
From 1983 to 1988 he was director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Device Evaluation, which tests the safety and efficacy of medical devices. He came to that job from the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he served for four years as a science examiner overseeing programs such as the National Science Foundation.
After leaving the FDA, he spent 12 years at Baxter International Inc., the giant manufacturer of health care products, where he rose to corporate vice president for research and technical services. From 2000 to 2001 he was senior vice president and chief scientific officer of Boston Scientific Corp., a manufacturer of cardiovascular and other medical devices.
International Remote is trying to expand its sales by introducing a lower cost but more technically advanced urinalysis machine. The company's existing machines cost up to $175,000, limiting sales to only the largest hospitals and labs.
A native of India, Mohan received his bachelor's degree from that country's Patna University. He later received a master's in physics from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in physics from Georgetown University.
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